Naples mom offers up ideas to keep kids busy while stuck at home

Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
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Businesses and schools are closing due to coronavirus concerns, so how are families keeping busy while isolating?

One local businesswoman, who is also a mom, is giving back with plenty of ideas.

Keeping your kids occupied when you can’t be around people is a full-time job.

“Right now, having the kids home with me, that’s been quite the challenge,” said Naples mom of three, Ashley Long.

That’s why she and some neighbors put together a Leprechaun hunt where she and her kids can spot shamrocks from a safe distance.

“I think it’s stressful for everybody but we’re in it together,” Long said.

By “in it together” she means sharing.

I don’t know if people are shopping right now and it seems insensitive that I’m posting headbands and stuff when people are struggling to find food,” she said.

Long runs an online business called “Tiny Blessings Boutique” and now, she’s using that Facebook page to lift families up and share ideas for keeping kids busy.

She’s posting everything from mini science lessons by to math practice from to celeb Josh Gad, more famously known as “Olaf”, reading books on his Twitter account. also put out a list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

However you choose to keep your kids occupied and entertained, pediatricians remind parents to still practice social distancing.

“That being said, we do feel like children are carrying the disease or they’re tending to have it either in an asymptomatic way or with minimal symptoms, which means that they may put older people who are more at risk in danger by spreading the germ,” said Dr. Rebekah Bernard, Family Physician and Owner of Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care.

She also says to make sure to give the fruits, vegetables and plenty of water to help them stay healthy. When treating viral or upper respiratory infections in children, Bernard recommends rest, fluids and a teaspoon of honey before bed.

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